It often only lasts for the briefest of seconds but every regular stand-up comedy punter will have seen it happen. The moment when all emotion leaves the comedian's face for a split second as they glaze over and you would be forgiven for thinking that they are relishing the notion of killing someone. In fact, the truth is far less sinister. We are buffering.
It was our own fault that we'd had beans for lunch. And supper. In fact it struck me that beans should never have become a campfire staple. As my son continued to sleep-fart it also struck me that essentially we were sleeping in a highly flammable bag filling up with methane next to an open fire. This not being the most relaxing of thoughts - I decided to get up and douse the fire.
I enjoy the unexpected nature of shows at the Fringe, as with one walk up the Royal Mile and you could be sold on ten shows you had never even heard of before. The festival is a wonderful chance to take in all types of entertainment, so my advice is to take a chance on the unexpected, you never know what you might discover.
I perform an award-nominated comedy mind reading show (I Can Make You A Mentalist) which is part comedy sketch show, part mind reading show in which all of the mind tricks are performed by a random audience member and the one of first things potential ticket buyers say to me is "If I come, promise you won't pick on me". I find this mindset worrying...
It isn't just that Family Guy is a rival series that makes this move so emblematic of The Simpsons' slide. Al Jean, one of the few remaining staff writers who has been with the show from the beginning (albeit off and on), has referred to Family Guy as "derivative", and numerous sly accusations of plagiarism have made their way into recent episodes.
Drugs being normalised on prime time television, you could argue, is harmless. It might not be original, but it's funny, and loads of people smoke cannabis, anyway. On the other hand, you may think it dangerously perpetuates the myths that drug use is entertaining, harmless and that it's no big deal.